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Great Divide Unit

DEC has begun the process of revising the Great Divide and Erwin Unit Management Plans (UMP).

Map of the Department properties included in the Great Divide Unit.
Map of Great Divide Unit

The two plans will be combined into one and called the Great Divide UMP. The first Great Divide UMP was finalized in 2006 and the first Erwin UMP was finalized in 2008.

This UMP is a 10-year plan for the multiple use of about 7,344 acres. DEC properties included in the plan are: Big Flats, Catharine Creek, and Erwin Wildlife Management Areas, and Catlin, Erwin Hollow, Erwin Mountain, Maple Hill, McCarthy Hill and Texas Hollow State Forests.

The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology; an inventory of the unit's resources, such as mineral resources, vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat types, and a summary of identified issues, such as access and vegetative management. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives and policy constraints in managing the unit.

Management of the unit will ensure the sustainability, biological diversity, and protection of functional ecosystems and will optimize the ecological benefits that these State lands provide. Management goals include the following:

  • maintain/increase local and regional biodiversity,
  • respond to shifting land use trends that affect habitat availability,
  • mitigate impacts from invasive species,
  • and respond to climate change through carbon sequestration and habitat, soil and water protection.

This plan will direct the future management of the properties which will include activities such as maintenance and improvement of access to the site, managing natural vegetation including native grasslands and woodlands, controlling exotic species, preservation of historical and archaeological resources, recreational facilities, kiosks, etc.

Comment Period

A fact sheet (PDF) was mailed out in March 2019 requesting comments and concerns to be considered in the next Great Divide UMP. Please send responses to r8.ump@dec.ny.gov or NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810.

Once the draft plan is completed, the public will be invited to review it and attend a public meeting to share views on the draft UMP. Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, DEC Commissioner's directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. Public questions and/or comments will be included in the final UMP.

2006 Great Divide Plan

The Great Divide Unit Management Plan is a 10 year plan for the multiple use of about 2,956 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Schuyler and Chemung Counties. The first Great Divide UMP was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2006. It included Catlin State Forest, Maple Hill State Forest, Texas Hollow State Forest, Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area and Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site.

The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, a summary of identified issues, and descriptions of the proposed goals, objectives, and policy considerations in managing the unit.

The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Great Divide Management Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. This plan directs the future management of the property including activities such as maintenance and improvement of access to the site, managing natural vegetation, including native grasslands and woodlands, controlling exotic species and preservation of historical and archaeological resources.

Full 2006 Great Divide UMP

Great Divide Unit Management Plan (PDF)

Full 2008 Erwin UMP

Erwin Unit Management Plan (PDF)


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